Who are we?
Hoddesdon Swimming Club is proud to be an inclusive club that has been a supportive part of our local community since 1884. With around 100 competitive members, we take great pride in our ‘athlete centred’ approach, helping to nurture individuals of all ages and abilities. From learn to swim and special Olympics, all the way through to triathletes and masters, our mission is to support as many swimmers as we can within our community. Starting with beginners, all the way up to international competitors, our aim is to empower all of our members with the perseverance, resilience and determination to thrive in all pathways of life.
As a club, we see it as our duty to provide the opportunity for life-long learning within our club. Beyond the development of friendships and a safe environment to keep fit, our dedicated team of coaches help to support our swimmers through D of E, GCSE and even lifeguarding and coaching qualifications. It is a source of great pride that so many of our coaching team are ‘home grown’ from within the community and that we can offer a range of employment and volunteering roles within our town.
With an ever-increasing list of partnerships in our local, regional and national community, we hope that this fundraiser can keep us doing what we do best and see us through this tricky time!
Who do we support?
As a club we are in partnership with the local Borough of Broxbourne’s ‘Fit and Well’ programme. This partnership offers a pathway to weekly club sessions while they are in a Learn to Swim programme to promote and develop healthy lifestyles. In addition to this, we organise community swimming galas for our local swim schools to encourage them to continue within the sport. These events give children an insight into competitive swimming and how fun being part of a team can be.
A great source of pride within the club is the reputation we have for our work within disability sport. Our coaches set up and run disability family swimming sessions at both pools within the Borough, providing one-on-one sessions, level water sessions and general family sessions free to the disabled community. In addition to this, we are the local disability hub and supply training sessions for the Special Olympics of East Herts.
Another branch of the Hoddeson family is the local triathlon club. Our partnership sees both junior and senior members of the Tri-club incorporated into our squads to supplement their swimming during the winter months.
We offer support and supply coaches for the Open Water sessions at both Herts Young Mariners Base in Cheshunt and Redricks Lake near Sawbridgeworth. These sessions are supported by multiple club swimmers from Broxbourne and London Boroughs as well as Hertfordshire and Essex Counties.
We support our local Borough by providing coaches for the Borough of Broxbourne swimming sessions, which supplies sessions for swimmers from the surrounding local clubs.
Why are we raising funds?
As a result of the Coronavirus we have been unable to train since March and have had to cancel two of our annual meets, June and September, with our third meet still in some doubt. Open meets are a major part of fund raising for the club, and without these meets we are looking at a loss of income of at least £12,000. We also chose to suspend all squad fees until further notice. Without these funds the club will struggle to pay the basic costs of pool hire and coaches. We are recommending that your donation be the approximate equivalent of one month's squad fees for each of your swimmers.
We are keen to get our swimming members back to doing what they love as soon as possible, as well as working again with all of our affiliate clubs and services. However, this is not going to be an easy pathway. We know that our operating costs will be increased when we return with social distancing measures in place and we simply don't have the financial reserves needed to see us through a crisis of this duration.
This is where we need your help so we can continue doing what we do best.
How will we use the money raised?
The money raised will be used to keep the club alive, to continue offering high quality coaching for our competitive swimmers and a safe place for our disability swimmers to go to.
Our swimmers' safety is our top priority and we are commited to following all guidance laid down by the government and by Swim England. Social distancing measures mean that we now need more pool-space and more pool-time to accomodate the number of swimmers we have - and that costs money!
We anticipate that the money raised will be used to support the Club with the increased pool costs during the “back to swim” phase which will take several months at least. It will also help in retaining our coaches and support members who may be experiencing financial difficulties.
Double your money!
The good news is that Sport England and Crowdfunder have launched a fund to help us. Importantly, if we are succesful the fund may match our contributions by pledging £6,000 to our fundraising pot once we have raised £3,000, we then need to raise the final £3,000 to meet our target otherwise the Sport England pledge money is withdrawn. We also need at least 75 of you to show your support and help us reach our target to ensure the Sport England pledge.
We hope that you and the local community will be able to donate to our cause.
It will take time before we are back training to the level we were before Covid-19, and the more funds raised will help in the survival of Hoddesdon Swimming Club
Thank you for your support.
Everyone who donates £10 or more will be given a number to participate in a Club Raffle. Prizes will include:
25 Hoddesdon Swimming Caps
2 Personalised Club Tops
5 bottles of wine
Donate just £10 and claim a Hoddesdon Swimming Club Towel worth £17. A towel just for swimming and your bathroom towel remains in your bathroom!
Amazon £10 vouchers kindly donated by Splash Swim School www.swimsplash.co.uk
Thanks to Van Hage Garden Centre for the £10 voucher. www.vanhage.co.uk
Donate £10 or more to claim
Thanks to Nicky's Little Kitchen for 2 vouchers for 2 crepes and 2 drinks each. Treat yourself to these the next time you are at HYMB. Donate £10. www.nickyslittlekitchen.com
Donate £15 to claim a £20 voucher for Nu You Pilates - check them out at www.nuyoupilates.co.uk
Donate at least £20 and enjoy a free meal for two at the Golden Lion, Hoddesdon
A Fruit Hamper from Tyler Bone of Barnet Market valued at £35 could be yours for just £20
The Bull at Broxbourne has kindly donated £30 worth of vouchers - To claim these please donate £20 or more www.mcmullens.co.uk/bullbroxbourne
One family meal voucher to the value of £40 at The Red Lion Italian, Stansted Abbotts Donate £30 or more to claim www.redlionamicodiamici.co.uk
The Jolly Fisherman has donated 2 main meals when visiting them and £5 off when ordering from their take away menu. To claim this prize please donate £20 www.mcmullens.co.uk/jollyfisherman
A meal for 2 valued at £30 at the Saffron Indian Restaurant, Hoddesdon. To claim this donate £20 or more www.saffrononline.co.uk
Donate £50 for custom made pet portraits - A5 size Worth £80 each Many thanks to Lisa see her work at https://lisaharrold.wordpress.com/
Many thanks to Shawe Physio, Hoddesdon for donating 3 30-minute sports massage vouchers, valued at £40 each. Donate £35 to claim one of these and a second voucher valued at £110 for an initial assessment and follow up treatement. Donate £90 to claim this one www.shawephysio.com
More on the way soon!
Terms and conditions
- The recommended amount for your donation is the equivalent of one month's squad fees
- All club swimmers are eligible for a prize, including committee members
- Winners must be fully paid up current members of Hoddesdon Swimming Club
- No cash prize equivalent
- Prizes cannot be used to claim reimbursement against past training fees
- All other club fees must continue to be paid
- Prizes will be drawn at random by the end of October 2020 at the latest